The beguiling fourteen-year-old narrator of IN ZANESVILLE is a late bloomer. She is used to flying under the radar-a sidekick, a third wheel, a marching band dropout, a disastrous babysitter, the kind of girl whose Eureka moment is the discovery that "fudge" can't be said with an English accent.
Luckily, she has a best friend, a similarly undiscovered girl with whom she shares the everyday adventures of a 1970s American girlhood, incidents through which a world is revealed, and character is forged.
In time, their friendship is tested-- by their families' claims on them, by a clique of popular girls who stumble upon them as if they were found objects, and by the first, startling, subversive intimations of womanhood.
With dry wit and piercing observation, Jo Ann Beard shows us that in the seemingly quiet streets of America's innumerable Zanesvilles is a world of wonders, and that within the souls of the awkward and the overlooked often burns something radiant and unforgettable.
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1 . Overrated
Posted January 02, 2012 by flaminga , U.S.A.The main reason I chose to read this book was because it was described as a, "coming of age book of the 70's." The only 70's cultural marker I detected was a reference to the, "Archie" cartoon series.
It contains a horrific episode of child abuse that, stretching all credibility, never is reported to the protagonist's parents or her friend's.
As another reviewer described it, it starts out strong and goes nowhere. The only reason I continued to read it was because I purchased the eReader version and those cannot be returned.
Little, Brown and Company
April 25, 2011
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